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Sure, we all love a good Bigfoot sighting. But would you die for one? Inadvertently (and, of course,

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When Pretending to Be Sasquatch Goes Horribly Wrong

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Creative Commons/Flickr user Ghillie Suit Matt
Sure, we all love a good Bigfoot sighting. But would you die for one? Inadvertently (and, of course, tragically) that appears to be exactly what happened to a man in Montana Sunday night.

According to dailyinterlake.com, a man the Flathead County Sheriff's Office has identified as 44-year-old Randy Lee Tenley of Kalispell, Montana lost his life Sunday evening while "attempting to provoke a Bigfoot sighting." Tenley was reportedly dressed in a military-style "Ghillie suit" when he was struck by two vehicles along U.S. 93 South - both of them driven by teenage girls. The story indicates "alcohol may have been a factor," though it's not immediately clear whether it's Tenley or one of the drivers who may have been drinking. (We have our guess.)

From dailyinterlake.com:

"He was trying to make people think he was Sasquatch so people would call in a Sasquatch sighting," Montana Highway Patrol trooper Jim Schneider said. "You can't make it up. I haven't seen or heard of anything like this before. Obviously, his suit made it difficult for people to see him."

That's one of the things about Ghillie suits - which are commonly used by military snipers. While Tenley's Ghillie suit was described as a store-bought version in news reports - not military grade - the suits are occasionally advertised on the Internet for their "Bigfoot-like appearance" according to dailyinterlake.com.

And that's just what Tenley was banking on. Schneider tells dailyinterlake.com that Tenley's friends confirmed as much during interviews with police -- saying he was trying to make people believe they'd just seen Bigfoot.

Tenley, located on the southbound side of U.S. 93, was struck by the first vehicle - apparently driven by a 15-year-old girl - around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night. He was later struck by a 17-year-old girl as he lay in the road.

Authorities say Tenley was pronounced dead at the scene - no doubt resulting in plenty of heartache for family and friends, and also providing a valuable lesson to anyone considering trying to "provoke a Bigfoot sighting."

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